Information about EU procurement thresholds

EU procurement rules set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts with value equal or above certain thresholds by contracting authorities (and certain utility companies).

Details of the thresholds, applying from 1st January 2018 are given below.

Thresholds are net of VAT.

Public contracts

The European Public Contracts Directive (2014/24/EU) applies to contracting authorities including, amongst others, government departments, local authorities and NHS authorities and trusts.

  Supplies Services  Works
Central government authorities, as listed in Schedule One £118,133 £118,133 £4,551,413
Other public sector contracting authorities £181,302 £181,302 £4,551,413
Light touch regime for services N/A £615,278 N/A
Subsidised services contracts N/A £181,302 N/A 
Small lots £65,630 £65,630 £820,370

Utilities contracts

The European Utilities Contracts Directive (2014/25/EU) applies to certain utility companies operating in the energy, water and transport sectors.

  Supplies Services  Works
All sectors £363,424 £363,424 £4,551,413
Small lots £65,630 £65,630 £820,370

The Concession Contracts Regulations

The threshold for all concession contracts is £4,551,413.

The Defence and Security Public Contract Regulations

  Supplies Services Works
All sectors £363,424 £363,424 £4,551,413
Small lots £65,630 £65,630 £820,370

Cabinet Office Procurement Policy Note 04/17

For more information about the new EU threshold levels (from 1st January 2018 onwards) visit the website and access PPN 04/17.

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